Yes I said thyme as in the green herb that we often use to make savory dishes.
Thyme isn’t just a delicious herb to season with, it makes a great tea to boost immunity, rid the body of infectious bacteria/viruses and has great astringent properties.
Thyme is an aromatic herb. It boasts antiseptic properties and is used as a circulatory stimulant when taken hot. It’s also a bronchial antispasmodic and expectorant.
It is used for fevers, colds, flu, coughs, bronchitis, asthma, bronchial spasms, and expectoration of upper respiratory congestion. It’s also used as a gargle for sore throat, tonsillitis, laryngitis and to relieve colic, flatulence and diarrhea.
Over the years I have created many salves and glycerites with its beautiful leaves. It boasts antiseptic, antibacterial, antispasmodic, expectorant and anti-inflammatory properties among others. We do everything with thyme you can think of. I can’t tell you how many times our entire family has enjoyed a bath with thyme or a nice hot cup of tea. When using thyme I do not recommend you use the essential oil as it is high in volatile oils that can irritate the skin. Instead use the dried herb for your preparations.
It’s best to use organic Thyme, you can purchase store-bought fresh Thyme or the dried leaves. If you use the dried leaves make sure to store them in a cool dry and dark place, preferably in a glass jar with a tight lid.
To make thyme tea just boil some purified or filtered water and pour it over about a teaspoon of dried Thyme. Let it steep for about 5-10 minutes, strain off the herbs and add the juice of one lemon. You can sweeten with raw honey if you prefer. If you want you can also add in dried ginger root or the juice of fresh ginger root.
When a cold or flu is present we crush two pieces of garlic and add to the tea while it is steeping.
Enjoy your time drinking thyme! 🙂